Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998)
"Kirikou et la sorcière" (original title)

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In a troubled African village, an unusual baby is born.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Doudou Gueye Thiaw ...
Kirikou enfant (voice)
Maimouna N'Diaye ...
La Mère (voice)
Awa Sene Sarr ...
Karaba (voice) (as Awa Sène Sarr)
Robert Liensol ...
Le Sage dans la montagne (voice) (as Robert Lionsol)
Kirikou jeune homme (voice) (as William Nadylam-Yotnda)
Sebastien Hebrant ...
Kirikou jeune homme (voice) (as Sébastien Hébrant)
Thilombo Lubambu ...
L'Oncle (voice) (as Tshilombo Lubambu)
Marie Augustine Diatta ...
La Femme forte (voice)
Moustapha Diop ...
Fétiche sur le toît (voice) (as Mouhamadou Moustapha Diop)
Isseu Niang ...
La Femme maigre (voice)
Selly Raby Kane ...
La Grande Fille (voice)
Erick Patrick Correa ...
Le Grand Garçon (voice)
Adjoua Barry ...
La Fille moyenne (voice)
Charles Edouard Gomis Correa ...
Le Garçon moyen (voice)
Marie-Louise Shedeye Diiddi ...
La Petite Fille (voice)


In a little village somewhere in Africa, a boy named Kirikou is born. But he's not a normal boy, because he knows what he wants very well. Also he already can speak and walk. His mother tells him how an evil sorceress has dried up their spring and devoured all males of the village except of one. Hence little Kirikou decides, he will accompany the last warrior to the sorceress. Due to his intrepidity he may be the last hope of the village. Written by Tom Zoerner <>

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27 October 2000 (USA)  »

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€3,800,000 (estimated)

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[Michel Ocelot] had first envisioned Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998) as a silhouette animation (the medium he had been working in since 1988's We Are the Star (1988)) and wrote the initial version of the screenplay with this manner of presentation in mind. Karaba's "breast jewelry" emerged during this phase as a device to prevent her having the appearance of having only one breast when her torso was turned to a three-quarter view but was retained despite the changeover to full color. See more »


Kirikou: [is being chased by a warthog] That was stupid of me tying the knife to my back!
[attempts to hide, but the warthog always finds him]
Kirikou: It is like he can see through the rocks!
[realization hits]
Kirikou: My scent! That's it! No use running: he smells me!
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Followed by Kirikou and the Wild Beasts (2005) See more »


Written by Youssou N'Dour
Performed by Boubacar Mendy (as Bouba Mendy)
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Rich movie in color and in story
15 March 2005 | by (Brussels, Belgium) – See all my reviews

Kirikou and The Sorceress is a story of a very small but extremely brave boy, Kirikou, born in a little village somewhere in Africa. Kirikou can walk and talk already when he is born and he starts to set things right in his village. He is very determined and always finds a solution, whatever the problem is. There is an evil sorceress, Karaba, who is tormenting Kirikou's village. She has to be bribed and soothed constantly, she has dried the well and she threatened she will eat all the men from the village... and there are not many of them left. Brave warriors have vanished, possibly have been devoured by the witch, when they tried to fight him. Little Kirikou decides it is not wise to fight Karaba, but to negotiate with her. One day Kirikou walks to the hut of the sorceress...

Extremely beautiful, thrilling story, told in brilliant tones of color and folklore. Very down-to-earth and descriptive by the ways of African life: women naked above the waist, carrying water from long distances, making food, the village elders passing on the stories to the younger ones. My seven year old son, who is used to see the usual smoothed-out, big money animations, was hesitating at first when I showed him the movie. He said the cover looked "funny" and different, and it does. When the movie started, he couldn't stop watching it, he was totally captivated by the story and I enjoyed it very much as well. Excellent story, great animation, rich colors, folklore mixed with everyday life and superstition, great original music by Youssou N'Dour. Highly recommendable. Choose this over any talking funny animals-video.

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